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Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami joins ZeniMax

Thu 28 Oct 2010 11:17am GMT / 7:17am EDT / 4:17am PDT
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Bethesda parent uses part of recently acquired $150m to buy Tango Gameworks

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Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media has acquired Tango Gameworks, the studio run by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

"It's refreshing to find a publisher who understands, trusts, and supports the development of blockbuster games and works to make it a collaborative effort," commented Mikami.

"The library of AAA franchise titles ZeniMax owns speaks for itself. We are very excited to be joining ZeniMax and working with a company that is dedicated to creating the best games ever made."

Mikami will remain in charge of the studio and act as creative lead on all future projects for the publisher. The team consists of staff who have worked on franchises including Resident Evil, Devil May Cry and Final Fantasy.

"Shinji Mikami has earned a stellar reputation as one of the industry's finest game developers," added Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media.

"He has repeatedly created hit titles that have earned praise from fans and critics around the world. We share his vision for innovative, genre-defining games and look forward to working with Shinji and his team at Tango."

Tango now joins a growing portfolio of ZeniMax studios, which includes id Software and Arkane Studios. The company secured $150 million for acquisition at the start of the month.

As well as franchises including Doom, Quake, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda also owns id Software's Tech 5 engine, which the company confirmed earlier this year is for internal use only.

Mikami most recently worked on Vanquish for Sega, but is best known for his work with Capcom on God Hand, Killer7, Pheonix Wright, Devil May Cry and Resident Evil.

8 Comments

Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network

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Blimey, they are really not messing around are they!

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Robin Segitz

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True... they are on an extreme shopping spree only getting the cream of the crops.

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Bloody hell, ZeniMax are on a shopping spree of late! You can't fault some of the talent they're getting though, and they're building up an enviable portfolio of in-house developers and products.

I'm currently playing Vanquish, and very much look forward to whatever Mikami will be involved in next.

Posted:4 years ago

#3
Strong line up from Zenimax indeed

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Jonathan Cullen Freelance Journalist,

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Bravo, ZeniMax. Them and THQ are on a mighty roll right now. That's a good thing.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jonathan Cullen on 28th October 2010 2:03pm

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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That's definitely one hell of a lineup.

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Jordan Woodward Studying Interactive Games Design, University of Gloucestershire

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Zenimax is forming up to be an absolute powerhouse, definately a lot of talent in their studios.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Awesome. I absolutely WANT to see all four studios pool up and make something insane. That and it would be fun to see how Tango handles any new IP or even their take on an Elder Scrolls adventure (imagines Tango remaking Redguard or Battlespire at some point... yikes).

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